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Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for October 12, 2015

Fishing pressure on the Root was low due to very low flow in the river. The flow reached a low of 10 cubic feet per second on Sunday.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

  • Above the weir: Since the weir passed fish on Saturday, anglers have been reporting catches of chinook at quarry park and just below the Horlick dam. Water temperature remains in the mid to low 50's.
  • Below the weir: The anglers that had success were targeting deeper holes near island park and the Washington park golf course. The catch consisted mainly of chinook with an occasional coho salmon. All fish were caught using fly fishing gear.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: October 12 2015 RIVER TEMP: 53
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured   270 14 22
Passed Upstream   239 14


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take


Last revised: Monday October 12 2015